April 1, 2020
Nationwide attempts to reduce the impact of COVID-19 has changed the lives of Americans in many ways. With many states practicing shelter-in-place and social distancing recommended nationwide, families will need to get creative to celebrate various religious and family holidays in April, including Easter, Passover, and the beginning of Ramadan.
Family traditions and rituals provide a touchstone for comfort and security, because, for a lot of families, they are predictable and always the same. The inability to practice time-honored traditions with loved ones may increase the already high levels of anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Almost all cultures celebrate special holidays with some form of ritual whether it’s a prayer, gift-giving, or games. And almost all of them include the sharing of food.
Here are some ideas to connect with family and friends and celebrate together:
Religious and family traditions bind us together and help us stay connected to loved ones. Focus on the positive during the upcoming holidays, and make the best of what is available and possible.
The April holidays during COVID-19 can still be a memorable time to honor and be thankful for the values of health, family, and the longer, brighter days of spring.